This week’s seen a lot of press releases about tours – ’tis the season, it seems, for artists to start gearing up for spring tours. We’ve made it through the holiday season and New Years, and now musicians are shaking out the doldrums by getting ready to get their tour on. And while, for a lot of 2012, we’ve been marvelling at the way that nearly any major tour will include a requisite Philly stop, there’ve been a few announcements this week that’ve been surprising:
Their Free The Universe World Tour kicks off on February 28th in Toronto with 14 domestic dates booked – NONE OF THEM IN PHILADELPHIA (or even close). Excuse us. Diplo’s Philly roots bear no weight on the booking of a tour promoting their tour namesake’s sophomore LP due out February 19th on Mad Decent/Downtown? Brutally rebuffed. The second half of the tour is all European, but even the first and American leg barely goes northeast of Ohio. This is bad.
Alright! Score one for Philadelphia. The young Danish punks’ sophomore, You’re Nothing, is out February 19th via Matador. And the massive tour they announced this week includes a final leg with a Philadelphia date on April 19th. Their stunningly-ambitious tour kicks off later this month in Brooklyn and Manhattan, sees them blasting through Europe before they come back to the west coast and work their way over to us. This show at the First Unitarian Church with White Lung opening, should be a wild, bumpy and face-melting ride. This is good.
YO LA TENGO
Man, this one hurts. They’ve got a new record, Fade, out next week and they already announced a HUGE domestic and international tour. Nothing in PA, not even Pittsburgh; but dates booked in D.C., Boston and NYC. Then they went and announced a mini-record store tour to accompany their booked dates. Nothing again. It stings but, you know what, whatever.
THE BLACK KEYS & THE FLAMING LIPS
Well, here’s an awkward pair. And an even stranger mini-tour. Four dates in six nights: Missouri, Georgia, Tennsee and PITTSBURGH. Yup. On April 30th, these two titans of commercially viable indie rock will co-headline at the CONSOL Energy Center. Now, I’d be hard-pressed to identify any self-respecting Keys or Lips superfans, but take a little drive and you get a rare opportunity to catch the early 2000s’ version of arena rock. Some’d say whatever, some’d say so good.